Dali spent his summers in the bay of Portilligat next to Cadaques. His studio/house is open for tourists to see in small reserved groups. It seems like a modest sized place until you enter and see how many rooms there are. Apparently he kept building more rooms as he saw fit. It feels like each room was carved out, added deeper into a cave. It was evident that he was a lover of his wife Gala and the landscape that surrounded him. You could see how the wind blown trees, boats and clouds influenced his surrealist works. We also visited the Dali museum in Figueres where Dali is actually buried but to me this museum didn't have the same intimate feel of the Portilligat house. I have included pictures of both locations and the surrounding scenery.
Museum in Figueres
Dali's summer home in Portilligat
Mirrors placed throughout the house to see the sunrise from every angle in the house
Dali's made this room as a retreat for his wife Gala. It was meant to be womb like and had the most amazing acoustics.
After leaving Provence we drove 5 hours to the Northern Coast of Spain to Cadaques. Here is where Dali spent his summers and we visited his studio (Part 2 of the Blog)This once sleepy little fishing village comes alive in the tourist season with seaside patios for all day and night drinking and eating (not during siesta time though ;) ) Lovely dishes of paella, grilled fish, prawns and seafood were a nightly treat along with pastries and handmade chocolates. Not to mention the wine. Add a sprinkle of Dali and the fresh sea air Oh my its all too delicious!
Our family spent some time this summer in France. How lucky are we? We lived la vie Provencale for a week or two. It was a very civilized speed of living full of country adventures and slow sunny days.
Picking cherries just outside the gate
Late night creme glacee treat Oh la la!
The fruit and veg market in Aix en Provence
Lavender fields (we hunted for hours and finally found this one)